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Career The Forgotten Galactico - Two Challenges in One

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Hi all, I really enjoyed the Peak Years Challenge by @Foxy and also really like sound of the Five Season Hero Challenge by @Scratch so I thought I would combine them for this career. Details are below but in short I am aiming for 300 goals and 150 assists from my two players for the Five Season Hero and as many goals and assists as poss from my two players towards the Peak Years Challenge. Both my players qualify for the age category required and are good to go.

The main man for this challenge is a guy I have used sparingly over the years but really came to the forefront of my thinking in the early days of FMM20 when I was in the early stages of a DT attempt with Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr at Real Madrid. I had sold Benzema, Jovic was injured and this guy was my first back up striker. He was outscoring my Brazilians even just as a sub and his attributes are fantastic. I call him the forgotten galactico as he rarely gets a mention or a game. He had a good season at Lyon a few years back and Madrid activated a buy back clause they had. On the international front he has one cap for his country, however in real life he was opted to play for Spain, although I believe he is yet to receive a full call up. Any guesses yet? All is revealed below.

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Mariano Diaz

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I decided to use this guy in a test save I did in China to test out a 1k tactic I had and he was superb. His first season and a half stats are below. I decided not to pursue the career in China as I hadn’t set an ‘assister’ and also it is sometimes too easy in China and if it’s not a challenge then it can become less interesting.

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So I decided I wanted to play in a league I had yet to do a career in this year and shortlisted Germany and Italy. My eventual choice was this club. Anyone who used to watch football Italia on C4 back in the day will remember this club featuring a lot due to a certain Geordie who played for them. They soon became my favourite Italian team because of this and they are well setup for a challenge; they have a very good group of players, Europa League football is a nice start with hopefully a few games to ease us in and they have a decent budget. 

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So to confirm my two players are below, basically a goal scorer and a provider. My goal scorer cost us £36.5m and my provider is already at the club.
 

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Thanks for reading and hope to post the first season soon.

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Good luck. The players look good, I have used Mariano before but he was pathetic for me. Hope that is not the case with you. 😀

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I like Mariano and like you the very few times I’ve used him he’s done well. The assister looks nice too.

I do remember Football Italia on C4 very fondly. We never had sky in those days so it was nice to get to see a full live game every week.

Good luck. 

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Excited by this. Never used Mariano but looks good and the numbers he got in China were insane. As for the club choice, love it! Lazio are my favourite Italian club, though not because of Gazza, more because of Christian Vieri, who grew up in Australia and was always a favourite of mine. He only spent a year or two with Lazio but for some reason that stuck with me more than his other clubs.

Anyway, good luck, can't wait to see how it turns out. 

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7 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Good luck. The players look good, I have used Mariano before but he was pathetic for me. Hope that is not the case with you. 😀

 

7 hours ago, Ian said:

I like Mariano and like you the very few times I’ve used him he’s done well. The assister looks nice too.

I do remember Football Italia on C4 very fondly. We never had sky in those days so it was nice to get to see a full live game every week.

Good luck. 

 

6 hours ago, Scratch said:

Excited by this. Never used Mariano but looks good and the numbers he got in China were insane. As for the club choice, love it! Lazio are my favourite Italian club, though not because of Gazza, more because of Christian Vieri, who grew up in Australia and was always a favourite of mine. He only spent a year or two with Lazio but for some reason that stuck with me more than his other clubs.

Anyway, good luck, can't wait to see how it turns out. 

 

5 hours ago, Rob said:

Brilliant choices. Good luck! 

 

5 hours ago, Titjes said:

Good luck mate 😁

 

3 hours ago, Foxy said:

I don’t think I have ever used Mariano in the game that I can remember but Lazzari is quality.

Good fella.

 

2 hours ago, Woody said:

Nice choice of players mate. Best of luck.


Thanks all, much appreciated. Season 1 is finished and will try and post tomorrow. 

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Season 1 in charge of Lazio and it was a good, solid start.
 

Transfer-wise we didn’t have the biggest budget but I was more than happy with the squad for a first season. Our only purchase was Mariano and a few minor outgoings. I have a lot of good players out on loan which will boost the squad in the second season, often the case in Italy, and expect a much bigger budget to work with.
 

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On the pitch we didn’t score bucket loads but were solid at the back and Mariano was our main goal threat as planned. This helped us to win the league and also beat Europa League specialists Sevilla in the final for that trophy too. We missed out on both domestic cups in the latter stages.

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There were awards aplenty for our guys and also our best game for Mariano was a four goal haul early in the season against Sassuolo.

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Here’s how our guys looked at the end of season 1, a few minor attribute increases, I was hoping for a slight aerial increase for Mariano but it hasn’t happened. Slight improvement on Lazzari’s crossing ability.

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So this leaves us at this stage at the close of season 1, a very good base to build from and shows we’re heading in the right direction. Roll on season 2!

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Thanks for reading.

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Mind broken. I somehow saw only 4 transfers, which can't be possible for a first season. You mean 40 transfers right? Funny they don't show up. I'd report this bug to SI Games at once... 

Anyway, those numbers are fantastic for the first season, great stuff mate!

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On 20/07/2020 at 10:02, Kanegan said:

Massive start. 66 goals, wow!!

 

On 20/07/2020 at 10:46, Ian said:

Fantastic start for both players.

 

22 hours ago, Rob said:

Great start

Thanks guys. 

12 hours ago, Scratch said:

Mind broken. I somehow saw only 4 transfers, which can't be possible for a first season. You mean 40 transfers right? Funny they don't show up. I'd report this bug to SI Games at once... 

Anyway, those numbers are fantastic for the first season, great stuff mate!

Thanks mate and yeah there was no radical overhaul we just got straight down to business! The squad is really decent to be fair but we’ve done a bit more business in season 2 which hopefully I will update in a few days. 

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Season 2 of this challenge and after a quiet first season in the transfer market we were a lot more active this season, some came in during the summer and some in January. Mendy, Davies and Asensio added some real quality down the left hand side and Dest, Okafor and Pavon to strengthen the right. 
 

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On the pitch we cleaned up domestically but unfortunately Bayern were too strong for us in the CL quarter final and snuck through on away goals. 

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Getting knocked out of the CL seemed to have a positive affect in a way as I was able to play Mariano for the full 90 towards the end of the season rather than juggling game time and he finished with 8 goals in 4 games.

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We also started to get some serious interest from elsewhere. 
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Here’s how our guys performed, a real improvement on season 1 and looking good for the remaining 3 seasons. 

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In summary providing we steer clear of injuries both are well on track to hit their targets as I’m hoping we can at least maintain these levels.

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Thanks for reading. 

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Great second season as well. You are making Mariano a machine. Now i feel really stupid that he messed up for me. 😁

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Brilliant season for both of your duo. Mariano is very good and yet you never hear about him much in real life or on here. Nice to to him getting his moment.

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Thanks for the comments Kane, Ian and Rob. 
 

Season 3 saw us again strengthen the side, in particular the midfield with McTominay, Fabian and Cuisance joining. Also got Ben Chilwell for a bargain £16.5m.

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On the pitch ouri best season yet, winning the lot!

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Before we see how the players performed season 3 was a frustrating one for Lazzari with this just one of many niggles which restricted his playing time. 
 

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On a brighter note we saw our best ever single game haul from Mariano.

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Here’s how our guys performed. 

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So  A few more games played equalled a few more goals from Mariano so he’s pretty consistent. Like I say a disrupted season for Lazzari but still 31 assists to his total and both players well set to hit their targets with two season left.

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Thanks for reading, in real life our main man has had some bad news so hopefully he doesn’t suffer too badly.

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Brilliant season again from both players. I’m still yet to try Fabian even though he always comes up in my searches. I’d heard about the Mariano news and instantly thought about this save, hopefully he’ll be ok.

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Cruising mate and looking good. Shame Lazzari had the injuries, but still a great season. And good to see it's not too hard to score in Italy - I have in my head that it's harder and more defensive there, but that's probably based on real life 15 years ago or something, I really need to try it sometime.

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13 hours ago, Ian said:

Brilliant season again from both players. I’m still yet to try Fabian even though he always comes up in my searches. I’d heard about the Mariano news and instantly thought about this save, hopefully he’ll be ok.

Thanks mate, Fabian is a terrific little player. Definitely recommend him. 
 

12 hours ago, Foxy said:

Mariano is smashing them in!

Hard for Lazarri having those injuries but he still got a good score this season so it’s going well I think.

Thanks Foxy, happy with their progress so far and hopefully they have a relatively injury couple of seasons ahead to round off the challenge. 

12 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Mariano is really hitting them now. Hopefully he gets back on track IRL

Thanks mate and yeah I hope so. 
 

51 minutes ago, Scratch said:

Cruising mate and looking good. Shame Lazzari had the injuries, but still a great season. And good to see it's not too hard to score in Italy - I have in my head that it's harder and more defensive there, but that's probably based on real life 15 years ago or something, I really need to try it sometime.

Thanks mate. I also thought that about Italy until I tried the Diego Maradona challenge on FM19 and I got Almada and Bonfiglio both to 1k. 
Not many cup games but the league is fairly easy with some pretty poor teams once you look past the big boys like juve. 

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16 minutes ago, smoggy90 said:

Thanks mate. I also thought that about Italy until I tried the Diego Maradona challenge on FM19 and I got Almada and Bonfiglio both to 1k. 
Not many cup games but the league is fairly easy with some pretty poor teams once you look past the big boys like juve. 

Alright, Italy is officially on my list to try soon! 😄

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Destroyzing it still. I know I made a typo then, but I like that new word. It’s like ‘destroying’, but with a bit of a ‘zing’.

Your goals from Mariano. 😮

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Thanks for the comments guys. 
 

Season 4 was the infamous World Cup year where you have a big gap in the season and major fixture congestion towards the end of the season. 

Transfer-wise we splashed out on Havertz and an FMM favourite in Pellegri as back up to Mariano. Out went a few squad players. 

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We’re really flying now and have a world class squad so we won everything again. 
 

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Couple of notable games were this fastest yet trick from Mariano, just 6 minutes.

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Also this game was worth mentioning with 4 assists from Lazzari and a hat trick from Mariano. You may notice I have moved my wing backs to full backs from the start of this career, initially I thought this provided more assists from Lazzari but I’m not entirely surely it’s made too much difference as figures are pretty consistent. 

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Here’s a more detailed look at our guys attributes and stats for the season. 
 

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So despite the interruption of the World Cup again very consistent and the last 3 seasons combined figures have been 125, 123 and 124. I would expect very similar for the final season, injuries permitting.

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Thanks for reading. 

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Massive again. You really have Mariano shining. I could never do that as he would always be dogged by lengthy injuries. 

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Great work mate. Another massive season. Lazzari has already passed the minimum for the 5SH Assists leaderboard, and Mariano is only 8 short of the Goals one. Let's go, one more big season to come! 😄

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